WSOP Update: Schemion, Mateos Win in Festival’s Closing Days; Complete Recap of Events

The World Series of Poker came to a close on Tuesday after more than a month and a half of action. Some international players made some big moves to close out the series including Adrian Mateos winning his fourth bracelet.

Ole Schemion also found the winner’s circle as well.  Brazilian and Israeli players also continued to score big in the final two weeks.

Spain’s Leo Margets also became the only woman to win a bracelet in the 2021 series as well. Here’s a look at some of the highlights to close out the series.

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Event 76: $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty

This fast freezeout event saw France’s Romain Lewis find the winner’s circle for his first bracelet and $463,885. Aditya Agarwal, of India, took the second-place finish for $286,705.

The big finish comes after numerous big runs at the series for Lewis. 

“All the different deep runs I made a couple of years ago, I was so happy with those results, but when I looked back a few years later, I was like, ‘Wow bracelets are not that easy,’” he told WSOP.com afterward.

“These spots don’t come that often. It’s been a 10-year dream and I put a five- or six-year objective to win one and for it to happen now … it makes me ecstatic, it really does.”

Poker superstar Stephen Chidwick came close to bracelet No. 2, finishing third for $200,598. Israel’s Uri Reichenstein took fourth for $142,840 and Italy’s Dario Sammartino finished sixth for $76,442. The tournament brought in 307 players for a $2.9 million prize pool. 

Paulo Joanello scored the second bracelet of his career. (photo courtesy WSOP)

Event 77: $1,500 Fifty Stack NLHE

The Brazilian poker craze continued in this event with Paulo Joanello taking the top spot for $321,917. He scored his first bracelet in just his fourth WSOP cash.

The Czech Republic’s Martin Bicanik took third for $146,061 with Israel’s Ron Moisescu scoring fourth for $108,349. Axel Hallay, of France, finished sixth for $61,550. The event attracted 1,501 players for a $2 million prize pool.

Joanello has been playing in the WSOP since 2013 and was pleased to finally notch a huge win. He takes pride in winning the event for his home country.

“When I came back in heads-up, I thought I was going to lose,” he said. “But I looked at the bracelet and my rail and I said, ‘No, this is going to Brazil and these people,’ and I’m very happy.”

Event 78: $10,000 Razz Championship

This lowball championship attracted plenty of big names to the field with the UK’s Benny Glaser finding his fourth bracelet. He earned $274,693 for the effort after facing a tough field that included: Brazil’s Yuri Dzivielevski (third, $123,254); John Monnette (fifth, $68,025); Erik Seidel (seventh, $39,987); and Phil Hellmuth (eighth, $31,411).

The field included 109 entries for a $1 million prize pool. Glaser was thrilled to reach the top of the hill in this tournament.

“I’m genuinely so happy,” he noted on Twitter. “It’s amazing. And it’s been an incredible series! Thanks for all the love everyone, it seriously means a lot!”

Event 79: $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty

This event was added this year to celebrate the Poker Hall of Fame and complemented the induction of poker legend Eli Elezra. All members of the hall received a freeroll in the event with each including a bounty equal to the year they were inducted.

Poker superstar Ole Schemion (pictured in lead image), of Germany, found the win for his first bracelet and $172,499. Despite a deep tournament record that includes $16.6 million in live winnings, this is only his second WSOP cash.

Canada’s Benjamin Underwood finished runner-up for $106,618. Portugal’s Giovani Torre finished third for $74,175 and the Philippines’ Marc Rivera grabbed fourth for $52,569. The tournament brought in 468 entries for a $826,050 prize pool.

Event 80: $3,000 Six-Handed Pot Limit Omaha

The short-handed Omaha action saw a battle involving two players from the United Kingdom. Robert Cowen scored his first bracelet for $280,916 with Robert Emmerson finishing runner-up for $173,613.

Uri Reichenstein, or Israel, took third for $116,106 with Dylan Weisman, of Canada, finishing fourth for $79,368. The tournament attracted 496 entries for a $1.3 million prize pool.

Adrian Mateos celebrates after winning his fourth bracelet. (photo courtesy WSOP)

Event 82: $250,000 Super High Roller

The nosebleed stakes brought out plenty of high rollers seeking a bracelet. Spanish poker superstar Adrian Mateos found his fourth bracelet in this event for $3.3 million.

The UK’s Ben Heath finished runner-up for $2 million. The tournament brought in 33 players for an $8.2 million prize pool. For Mateos, who is sponsored by Winamax, the win was special for being the first major high roller he’s won.

Event 83: $1,500 The Closer

Leo Margets

Spain saw another player rise to the top in this event with Leo Margets grabbing her first bracelet. She became the first woman of the series to win an open event, scoring $376,850 in the process.

The event brought in 1,903 players for a $2.5 million prize pool. Margets’ win also brought another win to the Team Winamax camp.

Bosnia’s Alex Kulev finished runner-up for $232,920 with Germany’s Marc Lange taking fourth for $129,460. 

Event #85: $50,000 High Roller

This event attracted plenty of interest with some big names making the final table. In the end, Belarus’s Mikita Badziakouski scored his first bracelet and $1.5 million.

Daniel Negreanu took third for $661,041 with his fellow GGPoker ambassador Jason Koon finishing fourth for $489,585

The UK’s Stephen Chidwick finished fifth for $367,153. The event produced 113 players for a $5.4 million prize pool.

Event 87: $100,000 High Roller NLHE

Australia’s Michael Addamo scored his second title of the series in this event that attracted 64 entries for a $6.2 million prize pool.

That brought him another $2 million and his fourth bracelet. Earlier in the series, Addamo won a $50,000 high roller as well for$1.1 million.

​​Event 88: $5,000 Eight-Handed NLHE

This event brought a close to the 2021 WSOP with Bulgaria’s Boris Kolev scoring the win for $511,184. The tournament saw a field of 531 entries for a $2.4 million prize pool.

Israel’s Uri Reichenstein finished runner-up for $315,936 with Ramon Colillas, of Spain, taking runner-up for $158,972.

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A look at other winners

In Event 70: $888 Crazy Eights NLHE, South Korea’s Sejin Park came close to a title, finishing runner-up for $400,888. The event saw 5,252 entries for a prize pool of $4.2 million. 

In Event 73: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship, Israel’s Yuval Bronshtein continued with his nice series. He took third for $151,460 and also had a win and a fourth-place finish earlier.

Several international players saw big runs in Event 75: $1,500 NLHE Freezeout. Germany’s Stefan Reiser took runner-up for $167,418 with Canada’s Renmei Liu finishing third for $121,580.

Brazilian Kaue De Souza took fourth for $89,344 and Israel’s Ori Hasson finished fifth for $66,447.

In Event 81: $800 NLHE Deepstack, Columbia’s Julian Velasquez finished runner-up for $126,252. Diogo Veiga, of Portugal, finished third for$93,627 with France’s Antoine Goutard taking fifth for $52,943.

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